Building Green

What exactly makes a home green?

Did you know that a typical home can cause twice the greenhouse gas emissions of the typical car?

We at Copper State Custom Homes know that Green Building means improving the way that homes and homebuilding sites use energy, water, and materials to reduce impacts on human health and minimize the environmental impact of the home while it is being built and over the many years it will be lived in.

Copper State Custom Homes incorporates important elements such as:

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Enegry-efficient construction techniques and products.

+Improved indoor environments through the most feasible enviromentally-    preferable materials and building practices.

+Waste reduction and recycling during the construction process.

+Smart growth and sustainable land development practices.

What should homebuyers look for first in a green home?

Energy efficiency is the place to start. That's because the energy used in homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain, and risks of global climate change. So, the less energy used, the less air pollution generated. An easy way to make sure a new home is energy 
efficient is to look for the blue ENERGY STAR®  mark, the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency.  

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 STAR® qualified homes are independently verified to meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes save homeowners money on utility bills, provide a more comfortable living environment with better indoor air quality, and help protect the environment. 

Typical features to look for in ENERGY STAR qualified homes include: 

With homebuyers increasingly interested in green building, energy efficiency is the place to start. The less energy used, the less air pollution generated. And the easy way to make sure a new home is energy efficient is to look for the blue ENERGY STAR® mark, the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency.

ENERGY STAR® qualified homes can include a variety of 'tried-and-true' energy-efficient features that contribute to improved home quality, homeowner comfort, lower energy demand and reduced air pollution. Your home designs, layouts, and option packages need not change to incorporate energy efficient features. We at Copper State Custom Homes, are proud to incorporate these components into our homes and offer the option to become 
ENERGY STAR® certified. 

1. Effective Insulation

Properly installed and inspected insulation in floors, walls, and attics ensures even temperatures throughout the house while using less energy. The result is lower utility costs and a quieter, more comfortable home. 

2. High-Performance Windows

Energy-efficient windows employ advanced technologies, such as protective coatings and improved frames, to help keep heat in during winter and out during summer. These windows also block damaging ultraviolet sunlight that can discolor carpets and furnishings. 

3. Tight Construction and Ducts

Advanced techniques for sealing holes and cracks in the home's "envelope" and in heating and cooling duct systems helps reduce drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, pests and noise. A tightly sealed home improves comfort and indoor air quality while lowering utility and maintenance costs. 

4. Efficient Heating and Cooling Equipment

In addition to using less energy to operate, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems can be quieter, reduce indoor humidity, and improve the overall comfort of the home. When properly installed into a tightly sealed home, this equipment won't have to work so hard to heat and cool the home. 

5. Efficient Products

Our custom homes may also be equipped with ENERGY STAR® qualified products — lighting fixtures, compact fluorescent bulbs, ventilation fans, programmable thermostats, water heaters and appliances.

6. Third-Party Verification

With the help of independent Home Energy Raters, ENERGY STAR®
builder partners choose the most appropriate energy-saving features for their homes. Additionally, raters conduct onsite testing and inspections to verify the energy efficiency measures, as well as insulation, air tightness, and duct sealing details. 

You can find more information at www.energystar.gov 

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